LEAP Mid-term Meeting 2021

We are almost ready to kick off our LEAP Mid-term Meeting! Here are some details about our first event since the start of the pandemic to include the in-person aspect:

Following over a year of absence of in-person events in the oikos International calendar, we’re finally in a position to organize an onsite meetup for part of our community! As some countries started to ease travel restrictions over the last months, our LEAP team put in a lot of hard work to make the LEAP Mid-term Meeting possible not just online – but also onsite.

In person, at last

The 2020/2021 LEAP Advanced cohort began its nine-month journey this winter. Initially the situation didn’t allow for an onsite kick-off meeting, so over the next 4 months the participants got to know each other and the program itself completely virtually. However, as the circumstances improved, we are finally able to host a partially in-person event.

For the last week of July, we will be hosting the Mid-Term Meeting at the sunny village of Leysin in the Swiss Alps, the traditional venue for LEAP kick-off meetings. Unlike traditional meetings, the upcoming one will be accessible onsite only to a portion of participants, as some countries still face travel restrictions due to health risks. It’s for this reason that participation is not limited only to in-person attendance but also is open for others to join virtually from their homes.

This will mark the first time in over a year that our event was not entirely limited to the online format. It’s also a special occasion as the LEAP Mid-term Meeting in Mörlbach, Germany, in early March of 2020 happened to be the last oikos International event organized in-person. Although still limited in different aspects, our in-person 2021 LEAP Mid-term Meeting in Leysin presents a major step in adapting our events to the ongoing pandemic, but also preparing ourselves for the post-COVID future.

Leading from the future as it emerges

In the face of the pandemic and many other social and environmental challenges, we wish to prepare participants to lead from the future as it emerges. For that, we will continue using Theory U as our methodology, with a balance between reflection/observation and active learning. Diving in the 7 leadership capacities of Theory U, to support them in continuing developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes of the leader of tomorrow: including an open mindset, self-reflection habits, coaching and facilitation skills. We will approach the topic of Leading From the Future As It Emerges, addressing some deep questions of the IKIGAI (meaning of life in Japanese). Participants will look at what the world needs, what they love and are good at doing and explore their big why

The meeting is completely participant-driven. From Day 1 & before the meeting, the participants will have the opportunity to choose and suggest roles to own the moment and make the best of this experience.

We’re very excited to host everyone joining us over the next week, both in Leysin and online, for the opportunity to learn from each other and create special moments on the Leap Advanced journey filled with life and connections!

COVID19 Notice: For the onsite Meeting in Leysin, special COVID 19 measures are in place, which were developed together with the participants, with the goal to protect everyone and create a safe environment where everyone can feel at ease. Every participant is urged to respect the rules and each other’s boundaries.

LEAP Advanced is a track of our flagship Leadership Program LEAP. It is an intense 9-month-long leadership development journey that challenges participants to face the most daring questions in life. The onsite Mid-Term Meeting is financed by Movetia. Click here to learn more.

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posted July 23, 2021

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An Exploration of our Economic Futures – Rethinking Economics Festival 2021

What is the Rethinking Economics Digital Festival? Well, it’s a mouthful, for starters. But more than that, it challenges and fills your brain with new ideas, perspectives and tools! The festival will propose better paths for our economic futures while reflecting on issues of past and present. This is not just for economics students, but for anyone who wants to understand how the world can and should change.

The Festival will bring together a diverse range of experts and students from around the world to debate five key aspects of our possible economic futures:
● Political and Economic Impacts of COVID-19
● Social Economics of Climate Change
● Digital Economy
● Informal, Forgotten and Hidden Economies
● Global South Economics

Learn more and register.

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posted July 16, 2021

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Emotional Literacy – NexGenLead Interview Series

Making progress in different fileds, from science and technology, through education to diplomacy – calls for responsible and sustainable leaders to step up and be the drivers of the change. In a complex systems of interdependant elements, these leaders present a lever to push that needs to be placed in just the right spot to put it in motion in all of it’s complexity. But in order to know when, where and how to act they need to have a deep understanding of the interdependencies within the systems and between the system and themselves, integrating reflections of ethics and values in a way that decisions of greater positive impact are made.

Our NexGenLead project, organized in partnership with swissnex Brazil in 2020 and supported by Movetia aimed to do just that by shaping future leaders, equipping them with skills and knowledge for responsible and sustainable decision-making. The project created some amazing learning materials on Responsible Leadership. Among those materials are the NexGenLead interviews with inspirational leaders which promote the exchange of ideas towards Responsible & Sustainable Leadership.

Over the summer we will be sharing a selection of interviews, featuring inspiring stories and each of them discussing a competency linked to Sustainable Leadership.

In this second NexGenLead interview of the series, rounding up a block on the topic of Self-awareness, Clémentine Robert, former president of oikos International, talks about the importance of recognizing emotions and their meaning, on the journey of becoming a better Responsible Leader, able to face the adversities of life and have more empathy, among other skills. On Youtube, the subtitles are available in Portuguese or English!

This is the second interview in the series, you can watch the first one here.

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posted July 12, 2021

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oikos St. Gallen wins International Green Gowns Award

Our chapter, oikos St. Gallen is a winner of the 2021 International Green Gown Awards in the Student Engagement category.

oikos St.Gallen is the leading student-driven non-profit organization for sustainability in economics and management at the University of St. Gallen (HSG). It was founded all the way back in 1987 with the mission to empower student change agents, raise awareness for sustainability opportunities and challenges, and build institutional support for curriculum reform.

Over time the oikos initiative in St.Gallen has grown from the oikos Conference into nine diverse projects in different fields of sustainability (e.g. quality education, health and wellbeing or social innovation). Based on the local initiative, the network has grown into oikos International consisting of 50 chapters globally. Constant exchange with the international community supports diversity, inclusion, and cross-culture collaboration. Sharing the oikos vision to transform economic and management education for a sustainable world, the chapter’s impact grows exponentially as its members enter the job market upon graduation and spread the oikos mission to industry leaders.

This is a great honor for our oikos community and builds up on the involvement of another oikos chapter at last year’s International Green Gown Awards. In 2020 the Sustainability Days project, which oikos Graz is a part of, gained recognition as a highly commended in the same Student Engagement Category.

The International Green Gown Awards were launched on Wednesday at the UN High Level Political Forum. They celebrate the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges around the globe, covering all aspects of educational institutions. and are endorsed by United Nations Environment.

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posted July 8, 2021

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